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hey guys, first of i would like to thank everyone in advance for the wealth of information on this site. i will be converting my 75 gallon reef tank into a planted tank. i currently have two 250w metal halide lights for the lighting. is this too much? my tank temp peaks at 84 degrees with this setup. will this fry everything? also the tank is drilled and has an overflow plumbed to a 40 gallon sump. is this still an optimal setup for a planted tank? and please excuse the ignorance of this question but, what is the low-lying "grass" that covers the front of alot of these tanks? it is beautful. im not much with scientific names. also wheres a good site that has plant pictures and care tips before you purchase them? thanks for everyones patience/responses!<~~steve
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Too much light.

Temp will be fine for most plants.

A sump will work just fine. Wet/Dry is harder to work with. You want to minimize water turbulence.

The grass plant could be one of several.
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You could be thinking of dwarf hairgrass, Eleocharis acicularis. You may be thinking of microsword, Echinodorus tennellus. That might be the same thing as Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, I am not sure. Other options include pearlgrass, Hemianthus micanthemoides, which just so happens to be my favorite foreground plant. You have a lot of options here, and plenty to learn. Welcome to the forum. Do read Rex's Guide, it saves a lot of time and money.

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hey rex, i read youre guide. what a wealth of info! when you say too much light should i just use one bulb? i know it will shadow real bad towards the corners but im at a loss of what to do. when you say the sump is bad because of turbelance what do you reccomend i do? thanks in advance guys, im a reefer trying to go freshwater again. its been awhile so please pardon my ignorance! thanks!<~~steve
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also the foreground plant i mentioned looks like a "carpet of moss" that fully engulfs the substrate. i need to buy new bulbs as i run 20k xm's currently. would you recommend the xm 10k bulbs or ushio 6500k's? i run blueline electronic ballasts. thanks guys!<~~steve
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One bulb will not give you the coverage you need on a 4' tank. Try selling the reef lighting and getting something more plant oriented.
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I don't know a lot about metal halides but couldn't you just switch to 150w bulbs to give you 4wpg? That should make things manageable.

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i have two old 48" powercompact fixtures. they are 260 watts each. would this be more exceptable as far as lighting? one fixture or two? thanks guys!<~~steve
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One would be just fine.
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